Pride Week in Amherst proclaimed

June 11-16 was proclaimed Pride Week in the Town of Amherst by Mayor David Kogon on June 8.

"Amherst’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning community is a vibrant and proud group within the community at large that has, with its allies, encouraged dialogue as a tool towards an inclusive society that celebrates diversity in the Town of Amherst and surrounding area,” Kogon said after signing the proclamation.

“The LGBTQ community has worked with its allies to make Amherst a safe and positive community for all.

"By proclaiming June 11 to 16 Pride Week in this community, the Town of Amherst is recognizing that everyone has the right to live in conditions of dignity, respect and peace regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The proclamation heralds a week of celebration that includes:

  • the raising of the Pride flag on the flag poles in front of the YMCA on June 11 at 4 p.m.;
  • a Pride Movie Night, sponsored by Autumn House, that is being held at the Four Fathers Memorial Library on June 12 beginning at 7 p.m.;
  • a Pride Coffee House on June 14 at the Art of Eating Deli between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and;
  • Amherst second annual Pride Parade, which begins at 2 p.m. on June16, and festivities in Victoria Square that run until 5 p.m.

“I would encourage all residents to participate in these events,” the mayor said.